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Impatiens cymbifera Hook. f., Fl. Brit. India 1: 474. 1875 & in Rec. Bot. Surv. India 4: 14. 1905; Biswas, Pl. Darj. Sikkim Himal. 1: 212. 1966.


Herbs, glabrous; stems 60 - 90 cm high, branched, slender, green with pale red-purple blotches. Leaves elliptic-ovate or lanceolate, slightly or prominently attenuate towards base, acuminate or long-acuminate at apex, finely serrate along margins, serrations with filiform bristles, 10 - 20 x 3 - 7 cm, membranous; lateral nerves 8 - 14 pairs; petioles winged, 1 - 2.8 cm long. Flowers 1.8 - 3 cm long, pale lilac spotted with red; bracts navicular, long-pointed; peduncles terminal and subterminal, much shorter than leaves, 3.5 - 6.2 cm long. Lateral sepals ovate or broadly oblong, acuminate, green. Lip navicular, ovoid in outline, ca 1.6 cm long, not spurred. Standard cucullate (when flattened), broad with a shallow crest. Wings with rounded base; basal lobes somewhat ovoid; distal lobes slightly elongate with rounded apex. Capsules linear, 5 - 9 mm long, glabrous.

Fl. & Fr. Nov.

Distrib. India: E. Himalayas, 2100 - 3040 m. W. Bengal, Darjeeling and Sikkim.

Endemic.




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